After years of playing experience, Jonah Boehm's dreams are now a reality, as he has been drafted into the National Lacrosse League (NLL).
The Vancouver Warriors drafted Boehm 57th overall in the fourth round of the NLL draft. "It is probably the coolest feeling I've ever had!" mentioned Boehm.
The defensive star has a lengthy resume, which includes playing junior box lacrosse for the Kitchener-Waterloo Braves, junior B lacrosse for the Guelph Regals, and university field lacrosse for the Guelph Gryphons.
During his time with the Gryphons, Boehm said field lacrosse helped him grow as a player. "Field lacrosse keeps your mind open when you're looking for creative things to do on the floor and helped me find different ways to stop people to get to the net, I use a lot of field lacrosse footwork in my box game."
He picked up his first lacrosse stick when he was 10-years-old and has not looked back, and with all the hard work he has put in, Boehm said it has been a dream come true.
"Watching the 'big boys' play when I was little made me think 'wow these guys are huge' and then actually getting to the junior level and watching the pros play I thought 'how do those guys do it?' and now I have an opportunity to get on the stage that they're on, so it's cool to be able to do that."
While it is not yet known when the NLL season will start due to the ongoing pandemic, Boehm added the league hopes to start to play in the New Year.
In the meantime, he will continue to train and has a message for future lacrosse stars.
"You have to come out and you have to give all you can all of the time because anything shy of that you're cheating yourself."